Te’o has supplied a photo evidencing his meeting with the Hawaii Five-0 team.
Manti Te’o, University of Notre Dame linebacker and apparent famous hoax victim, said yesterday he met face-to-face with authorities in Hawaii and is “very confident this agency can get to the bottom of the lies and deception” surrounding the internet love hoax perpetrated on Te’o over the last several years.
Te’o said he flew to Honolulu from Florida immediately after his meeting with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap to sit down with authorities from Hawaii Five-O and provide them with information about his non-existent dead girlfriend Lennay Kekua that he believes can help track down the people behind the hoax.
“After spending a couple hours with Mr. Schaap, I flew to Hawaii to spend some time with some relatives there and also, uhhhh, you know, have a meeting with the Five-O people,” Te’o said. “I had a really productive, informative meeting with a Commander McGarrett and his team, and I feel quite certain that they can uncover, uhhh, using the methods at their disposal, what exactly happened regarding the hoax as it pertains to actions taken by the culprits in the great state of Hawaii.”
Behind the scenes at an official The Daily Quarterly Lennay Kekua photoshoot.
Okay. We admit it. It was us. We were behind the whole plot to trick Manti Te’o
into thinking that he was dating and in love with a Stanford University coed who died of leukemia shortly before the big game his senior year. We had a good laugh, and it was a lot of fun, but it looks like the jig is up. Good on you, Deadspin. You got almost
So why would we spend nearly four years perpetrating a hoax to trick some football player and make up all these fake Twitter and Facebook accounts and fake pictures and clandestine meetings in Hawaii and fake car accidents and death from leukemia? We were bored. And he seemed like a nice enough guy. And who do you think paid for the trips to Hawaii? The University of Notre Dame Athletic Dept. of course!
The tawdry details aren’t really all that important. Just suffice it to say that we were inspired by our good friends Stephen Glass and Clifford Irving in starting the whole thing. It took a lot of time, good excuses and Hollywood makeup to really keep the charade aloft. And, we take some pride, thank you very much, on Manti nearly winning the Heisman Trophy and his team playing for the National Championship thanks to the inspiration he and the entire team felt after our “death” in September.